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Our Strategic Plan

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Our Strategic Plan

The NIST Strategic Plan

Schools of the past existed in a different world, predictable and constant. We now look forward to an uncertain future. Schools are no longer about buildings, books or grades. They’re about people. Education should inspire us to become better, to learn from our mistakes and empower those around us. We see learning as a catalyst, a force that will inexorably bring about positive change, and help all cultures and nations find solutions to our common problems through innovation and passion.

Our strategic plan reflects this aspiration while being grounded in research and best practices.

[NIST’s] plan and adopted actions are bold, well-researched, and founded on 21st century learning principles, as well as the impact of neuroscience and a commitment to inclusion.

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How Is International Education Changing?

In crafting our vision for the future, we considered the many trends that affect not only international schools in Thailand, but also schools and societies around the world. Changes in three areas significantly impacted the key elements within our strategic plan.

International Education Trends - Neuroscience


Advances in brain research have enabled us to better understand how we learn, allowing us to better address the academic, emotional and social needs of every child.

International Education Trends - 21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning

Changes driven by globalization & technology have in turn impacted education, shifting the needs of what we learn from solely content to skills and attitudes needed for the future workplace. This changing technology, including AI, will impact the workplace and career paths, and necessitates a change in how we teach in schools. 

International Education Trends - Inclusion


Schools have begun to recognize the importance of who we learn with, which in turn shapes our views and perceptions, and cultivates mutual understanding and respect.

Our Strategic Framework

Based on these factors, schools must begin reassessing the scope, scale and delivery of learning opportunities, as traditional educational approaches fail to account for a world that has experienced radical changes in the past 20 years. The key elements within the strategic framework encompass five pillars with focuses that will guide our decisions and four foundational elements that must be in place to support that work. Collectively, these will enable us to foster students who will flourish in varied contexts as they move on from NIST

As the result of a multi-year, collaborative process, this strategic plan was crafted with input from students, teachers and parents and is captured in a framework that encapsulates our ongoing key priorities. While the actual work in achieving our goals involves far more layers of complexity, the framework provides a snapshot view of how we intended to continue growing and improving as a learning community.

NIST International School - Strategic Plan Framework

Student Profile

Our student profile represents the type of learner we aim to foster as a result of their experiences at NIST.


Strategic Pillars

These pillars encompass the five key areas that will be our focuses over the next three years.


Strategic Foundations

Growth requires a strong foundation, and these four aspects of the school underpin our initiatives and projects.

Our Aspiration, NIST International School in Bangkok

Our Aspiration

We strive to expand traditional models of education, to foster principled, good people who will flourish throughout their lives and in turn make a positive impact in the world.

Welcome to NIST International School

As the first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, we inspire and empower individual excellence, and enrich lives.
Welcome to NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

Book a School Tour

We encourage all families to make an appointment to tour the school. Your visit will offer you a unique view into our community and allow us to provide more in-depth information in order to help you make the best educational decision for your family.

Joining the NIST Community

Selecting a school can be a difficult decision for families, and we hope to work with you to help you make the right choice. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

The IB Mission at NIST Internation School in Bangkok

The IB Mission

The International Baccalaureate does not represent only a curriculum, but also a mission to transform the world through education by fostering thoughtful, principled learners.

An Education that Inspires & Enriches

Though we have cultivated a reputation for excellence in academics, we believe education is inextricably tied to wellbeing, character and action. Through learning comes joy.

A Lasting Impact, Service Learning at NIST International School in Bangkok

A Lasting Impact

Many of our alumni go on to work for NGOs and non-profits, become activists and reformers, and even create their own social enterprises.

Transforming Lives through Service

We believe service must be woven into the fabric of our learning, not as single projects or donations, but rather as the core means through which we translate learning into sustained action.
The NIST Falcons

The NIST Falcons

Our Falcons athletes participate in over a dozen competitive sports, from basketball and volleyball to gymnastics and fencing, with other schools around Bangkok and Southeast Asia.

Opportunities beyond the Classroom

We grow when pushed beyond our perceived limits. The NIST Activities Programme offers students the opportunity to challenge themselves through more than 300 activities, including sports, the arts, technology and more.

We believe in the power of education

International & Inclusive

As one of the most diverse international schools in Thailand, we seek to be inclusive and value difference as a catalyst for individual and collective growth.

A Vibrant Community Built on Shared Values

"Respectful, healthy, ethical relationships and interactions create a true sense of community at NIST."
(2018 NEASC Accreditation Report)

Contact NIST International School in Bangkok

Our Campus

Nestled in Bangkok's central business district, the NIST campus sits in close proximity to Asok BTS Station, and Sukhumvit and Petchaburi MRT Stations.

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We welcome all inquiries, whether you wish to enroll your child at NIST, apply for a position or partner with us.

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